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DHS Unveils $1.6B in Emergency Preparedness Grant Opportunities; John Kelly Comments

The Department of Homeland Security has allocated up to $1.6 billion for 10 preparedness grant programs intended to help non-federal government agencies, nonprofit organizations and companies prepare for natural disasters, terrorist attacks and other emergency situations. DHS said Friday the fiscal year 2017 funding grants represent the department’s push to fulfill the country’s immediate security needs …

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John Kelly: DHS Partners With Industry to Protect Federal Networks from Cyber Attacks

John Kelly, secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, has said DHS has collaborated with industry to update outdated information technology systems as part of efforts to safeguard the federal government’s data infrastructure from cyber attacks. Kelly said in a speech delivered Tuesday at George Washington University’s Center for Cyber and Homeland …

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Elaine Duke Starts Role as DHS Deputy Secretary; John Kelly Comments

Elaine Duke, formerly undersecretary for management at the Department of Homeland Security, has assumed new duties as the seventh deputy secretary of DHS and she will act as the department’s chief operating officer in this capacity. The nearly 30-year federal service veteran previously managed DHS’ business lines and its $47 billion annual budget, the department said …

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DHS Secretary John Kelly Backs ‘Critical’ Designation for US Election Infrastructure

John Kelly, secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, has said that he plans to retain the former Obama administration’s critical infrastructure designation to U.S. election systems as part of cybersecurity efforts, The Hill newspaper reported Tuesday. Morgan Chalfant writes the designation expanded federal protections for election infrastructure to cover polling and vote tabulation stations, storage …

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John Kelly Assumes Role as DHS Secretary

John Kelly, a retired U.S. Marine Corps general and former head of the U.S. Southern Command, took his oath of office as the country’s fifth homeland security secretary after he received Senate confirmation Friday. The 45-year military veteran now leads the Department of Homeland Security and its components that include the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Transportation …

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